From West to East(wood): Westerns Ranked

Westerns as defined by the AFI as films “set in the American* West that [embody] the spirit, the struggle, and the demise of the new frontier.”

* For purposes of this list, I’m interpreting this as the North American Frontier  — to include Mexico and Canada

  • Once Upon a Time in the West

    1

  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    2

  • The Searchers

    3

  • Unforgiven

    4

  • Paris, Texas

    5

  • Hud

    6

  • Midnight Cowboy

    7

  • The Misfits

    8

  • The Lusty Men

    9

  • My Darling Clementine

    10

  • Rio Bravo

    11

  • High Noon

    12

  • The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

    13

  • Red River

    14

  • The Power of the Dog

    15

  • There Will Be Blood

    16

  • For a Few Dollars More

    17

  • The Big Gundown

    18

  • Lonely Are the Brave

    19

  • The Ox-Bow Incident

    20

  • Compañeros

    21

  • Shane

    22

  • The Gold Rush

    23

  • Giant

    24

  • Easy Rider

    25

  • The Wind

    26

  • Stagecoach

    27

  • Johnny Guitar

    28

  • Dances with Wolves

    29

  • Django

    30

  • The Great Silence

    31

  • Brokeback Mountain

    32

  • The Big Trail

    33

  • McCabe & Mrs. Miller

    34

  • The Gunfighter

    35

  • Wagon Master

    36

  • High Plains Drifter

    37

  • Fort Apache

    38

  • El Dorado

    39

  • Day of Anger

    40

  • Forty Guns

    41

  • Cry Macho

    42

  • Pursued

    43

  • True Grit

    44

  • Cat Ballou

    45

  • The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

    46

  • Man of the West

    47

  • 3:10 to Yuma

    48

  • Destry Rides Again

    49

  • The Rider

    50

  • The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

    51

  • Stars in My Crown

    52

  • They Died with Their Boots On

    53

  • The Wild Bunch

    54

  • First Cow

    55

  • Death Rides a Horse

    56

  • A Bullet for the General

    57

  • 3:10 to Yuma

    58

  • Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

    59

  • The Mercenary

    60

  • True Grit

    61

  • The Shootist

    62

  • Tombstone

    63

  • Rawhide

    64

  • Hombre

    65

  • Winchester '73

    66

  • The New Land

    67

  • Jeremiah Johnson

    68

  • Heaven's Gate

    69

  • Pale Rider

    70

  • Meek's Cutoff

    71

  • The Outlaw Josey Wales

    72

  • Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid

    73

  • Face to Face

    74

  • A Fistful of Dollars

    75

  • Go West

    76

  • Keoma

    77

  • The Hateful Eight

    78

  • One-Eyed Jacks

    79

  • The Naked Spur

    80

  • Ride Lonesome

    81

  • Bad Day at Black Rock

    82

  • Blazing Saddles

    83

  • The Ballad of Cable Hogue

    84

  • Colorado Territory

    85

  • The Westerner

    86

  • The Magnificent Seven

    87

  • The Big Country

    88

  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    89

  • Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson

    90

  • Back to the Future Part III

    91

  • Way Out West

    92

  • Day of the Outlaw

    93

  • The Hired Hand

    94

  • Little Big Man

    95

  • Ulzana's Raid

    96

  • My Name Is Nobody

    97

  • Duck, You Sucker

    98

  • She Wore a Yellow Ribbon

    99

  • The Man From Laramie

    100